Kite Shield

A kite shield was a long, triangular shield with a rounded top that was used by both the Normans and the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings. Made of wood, iron and leather, shields were used to parry blows. The size of the shield enabled it to be used to protect the legs as well as the body. Sometimes the shield was employed to knock an enemy knight off his horse.

Gilt bronze casket showing a kite shield (c. 1140)
Gilt bronze casket showing a kite shield (c. 1140)

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